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Whiplash Injury Myths and Truths

Whiplash Injury Myths and Truths

As a doctor of chiropractic, your doctor at Chiropractic for Life is concerned about the misconceptions that surround whiplash injuries.

For instance, did you know that a car’s speed of impact does not predict the risk of whiplash injury?  Any accident, even a minor fender bender, can cause serious conditions.  And, are you aware that pain might not surface until years after a whiplash accident?

Scientific studies show that a condition called “delayed onset whiplash associated disorder,” or DOWAD, is a common instigator of neck, head and shoulder pain.

Why does pain often surface later on?  One explanation is that whiplash injuries cause subtle vertebral subluxation, a condition in which spinal bones (vertebrae) become misaligned.  Vertebral subluxations restrict motion and may affect nerve system activity.  If left unchecked, these small and often unnoticeable spinal changes can worsen over the years, delaying injury, increasing pain and setting the stage for a myriad of health challenges.

That’s why doctors of chiropractic take a proactive approach to whiplash — one that works to solve the root problem before pain develops.Dr. Barbara Smith
Chiropractor and Health Education

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